Monday, February 17, 2014

Online Pot-Luck

 I would like to do something kinda strange today! Have any of you heard of "Pot-Luck" dinners? You know, the things churches do once a month where all of the ladies bring a dish, and you get to fill your plate with tons and tons of homemade goodness? Well, I would like to do an online "pot-luck"! This can be on-going. I think it'll be a fun way for people to access everyone's favorite recipes in one, simple place.

Here's what I'm thinking. In a comment, type your favorite recipe, and hit submit. It's that easy! Then you will have access to everyone else's recipes from the other comments posted. This should help to find variety in meal-planning, and hopefully, we can all try some different dishes that we would have never known about before!

All I ask is that the recipes are all different. Please look at previous recipes and make sure you don't duplicate someone's. (This will give us more variety) If it is something that can be frozen and enjoyed later, AWESOME! Just let us know! I hope you all enjoy this! I am SO excited to enjoy new recipes from you all.

I'll kick it off with one of my favorites:
Green Chile Chicken Pasta
- Spaghetti noodles, cooked al dente
- 16 oz Sour Cream
- Two small cans of Chopped Green Chiles
- Two large (three small) chicken breasts boiled and shredded
- 2 cups of shredded cheese (I use the Mexican mixed bag, but cheddar would work)

Combine noodles, sour cream, green chiles, and chicken in a casserole dish (I use 9x13, but almost anything would work) and mix together. Spread cheese over the top. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling. Serve! (I will add that I haven't frozen this recipe before, but I see no reason why it wouldn't work to freeze it before baking it.)j

Now, it's your turn!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love is all you need

This is not the reason for my post today, but since it's Valentine's Day, I felt like I needed to at least mention it! So, my thoughts on today:

This holiday is so difficult for so many people. All holidays that exclude a large number of people tug at my heart every year. Other examples of these holidays are Mother's Day and Father's Day. The reason why I think these days are particularly difficult is because we truly don't have much control over whether or not we fall into the category of being allowed to celebrate it or not.

Valentine's Day excludes anyone who is not currently in a healthy, loving relationship with someone. It is painful because the whole day is a constant reminder that they do not have what they so desperately desire. Even though I am married and have a wonderful relationship with my husband, I choose not to celebrate this day in a big way, simply because I don't like for anyone to feel excluded!! It just doesn't feel right! I know this feeling well from my years as a single woman before getting married, and up until this year, I felt this way every time Mother's Day rolled around. It was a constant reminder that, yet again, I was not a mother, and I did not have what my heart so desperately desired. 

Therefore, in my own way, I would like to honor those of you who are in pain on this day by simply telling you that God loves you.  I hope you find a time today to simply rest and bask in the love of your greatest admirer. Love from a man or woman on this earth is NOTHING compared to the love of our Lord. I love you all, and I hope you have a great day!